2016: A Year In Review

Dear Library Patrons,

2016 has been quite a memorable year for The Oscar Grady Public Library and I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincerest appreciation to all of our library patrons for your support and encouragement. Through your loyal support and commitment to our mission of serving the community, we have been able to achieve new services, develop new collections, and offer new programs for children and adults.  Let me share some of our library’s achievements with you; because, quite frankly, on behalf of the entire staff at The Oscar Grady Public Library, I am extremely proud and pleased to do so.

This past year, a new unique innovative service was constructed for our community here at the Library: The Digital Media Conversion Lab was created, offering a high-functioning space equipped with the digital mechanics to process aging photographic formats and film.  In addition to the implementation of the Conversion Lab, the Library, director, and staff were awarded the 2016 Wisconsin Governor’s Award for Innovation in recognition of this project, being the first in the state to achieve the mechanics to provide the service of digital conversion free to the public in a successful way.  This is a completely new service not only to the patrons of Saukville but also the entire state of Wisconsin.

Second, the Library successfully obtained copyright and published a book of poetry, originally written by a local poet of Saukville, titled Whistle-Stop Poems; which was successfully marketed as a fundraiser for the Library. The Library held several book release events and two poetry readings which were well-attended at a local community business as well as in one of the buildings at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, in collaboration with the Ozaukee County Historical Society.

Third, the format of vinyl is back and The Oscar Grady Public Library began circulating a collection of over 200 vinyl record albums this year.  This collection was created based entirely on patron donations and includes musical artists such as Johnny Cash (Live at Folsom Prison), Billy Joel (The Stranger), Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), plus many more.

Next, the Library has begun the process of digitizing a special historical collection for our community and patrons.  Received as a generous donation by the Jim and John Peterson collection, this new special collection will include over one-hundred Silver Gelatin Antique photographs from the 1800’s, ten Tintype photographs depicting gentlemen from Saukville from the post-Civil War period, 846 historically relevant postcards from Saukville pre-dating 1910, and over 2,000 photographs with dates beginning in 1901 documenting buildings and life in Saukville.  In addition, 16-mm film reels of the Village’s patriotic World War I and World War II Homecoming Parades, Yearbook Annuals, and school records from the early 1900 one-room school houses will be available

And finally, I am proud to share that 59,188 people visited The Oscar Grady Public Library in 2016; this was a record number of recorded visits to our Library and this number continues to rise every year. It is your patronage that keeps our staff looking forward.  On behalf of everyone at The Oscar Grady Public Library, I say thank you for acknowledging our library through your support.  We are looking forward to the service we can bring to this community in the new year; from our perspective, the year 2017 is looking very bright.


With sincerest appreciation and thanks,

-Jen Gerber, Library Director

The Oscar Grady Public Library